Beauty will not come at the call of the legislature.... It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and earnest men.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The accepted and betrothed lover has lost the wildest charm of his maiden in her acceptance of him. She was heaven whilst he pursued her as a star: she cannot be heaven, if she stoops to such a one as he.
Do what we can, summer will have its flies.
There may be two or three or four steps, according to the genius of each, but for every seeing soul there are two absorbing facts, --I and the abyss.
Every man's Reason is sufficient for his guidance, if used.
All that we call sacred history attests that the birth of a poet is the principal event in chronology.